New Procedure Implemented for Unoccupied Buildings

Posted: November 22, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

With George Mason’s effort to become more energy efficient, the Energy Management and Technology Department of the Physical Plant is implementing a new procedure for “unoccupied” building hours.

Currently, all of the university’s buildings, except housing and the modules, go into an “unoccupied” mode between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. on weekdays, at all times on weekends, and on all observed holidays. This mode sets the building airflows to a minimum and resets the temperatures. Building temperatures can be as low as 62 degrees in the winter and as high as 85 degrees in the summer. This cycle continues until the building enters the “occupied” mode at the beginning of each business day.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 25, the new procedure will require anyone occupying a building during an “unoccupied” time requiring heat or air conditioning to file a request on the Physical Plant web site or by sending an email to

Events scheduled through the Office of Events Management, the Prince William Scheduling Office, and the Arlington Campus Professional Center do not need a work request form submitted. The work request should contain a name, department, telephone number, e-mail address, the building and associated room numbers requiring the service, dates of service, and starting/ending times of occupancy. All requests should be submitted at least three days prior to the scheduled start date.

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